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The Politics Hour

A massive deal to build a casino in Prince George's County blows up. One of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's new nominees is haunted by a steamy incident from his recent past. And the firestorm continues to burn over the leadership crisis at the University of Virginia. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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D.C. Council member Michael Brown said there have been "ethical clouds" over the Wilson Building. But he said the city's economy is growing and now has one of the highest fund balances in years. Brown said he does not support Initiative 70, which would limit corporate contributions to political campaigns. Instead, he said he endorses public financing of campaigns. Resident analysts and NBC4 reporter Tom Sherwood noted, "It just seems like ethics is a back burner issue when it should be the engine."

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A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.

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Some Google Street View Cars Now Track Pollution Levels

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